Sustainability - Buildings & Grounds
Endicott plans new construction and renovations to be environmentally friendly. Highlights include:
- green roof on the Center for Visual and Performing Arts
- InterfaceFLOR carpet in Callahan and Marblehead Hall
- Energy efficiency
- Recycling of construction debris
See the features of Marblehead Hall.
The Life Science and Business Building opened in September 2013. This building was designed to maximize efficiency.
- Lighting is controlled with “vacancy” controls. (Push to turn on the lights. After 15 minutes of inactivity the lights will turn off.) Office lights have two levels – occupants can select the least amount of light needed for your purpose.
- Temperature is controlled by a central system managed by Physical Plant. Some thermostats allow occupants to adjust tem-peratures within a pre-determined range. Ventilation in the auditorium is determined by automatic occupancy sensors.
- Toilets have two flush settings to save wa-ter. Push up to flush with 0.8 gallons. Push down to use 1.6 gallons. We’ll let you decide which you need!
- Laboratory fume hood sashes should be maintained in the closed position except when in use.
Landscaping and Grounds
Endicott manages more than 15% of the campus organically. Areas by the beach and the main pond are specific focus areas. Management of invasive plants is on-going and native species are preferred.
Slow growth grass seed was recently planted in a dedicated area to pilot test this product. The hope is that we can eventually overseed other areas of campus in order to reduce the frequency of mowing.
The ponds are managed with natural methods, including hand removal of invasive weeks. Invasive plants are removed on a regular basis throughout campus, with particular focus on the ponds.
In March 2014, Endicott Grounds Manager and Environmental Coordinator released 3000 Ladybugs into the College Greenhouse to combat aphids that had taken on residence on many plants, in particular on several very old hibiscus.
Six heirloom apples trees were recently planed on campus. They join the Endicott pair and a number of anjou pear trees. We hope that over time we can provide apples and pears for the Dining Hall.
The College has a small greenhouse that is used to winter over ornamental plants and as a teaching location for biology and plant biology classes. In the spring of 2014, the greenhouse was infested with aphids, largely from contaminated plants brought in from off campus. In an effort to curb the infestation, 3000 ladybugs were released. The effort was only moderatly successful, but we will try again.